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Just Me and My Dragon... by Vyrilien Just Me and My Dragon... by Vyrilien
...What are you gonna do about it, cat? C:<


Entry for the Summer Dragon Contest.

Hosted by: *Contraltissimo
Prompt: Just Me And My Dragon.

The first prize is this amazing thing and the deadline ends somewhere in September. So plenty of time to join in! All media accepted and you can even submit old art for the contest. What are you waiting for?


I'm not good at painting humans, so I devised a dastardly way to get around it, heehee. But no, this thing just popped into my mind and I just went for it. Sparrow Jim and his scaly, firebreathing lizard friend, Vastris, scourges of the neighborhood. Beware, cats! This bird has a draconic bodyguard and he's not afraid to use it!

I've never painted such a big thing in so little time. It was a very fun one and oh my god, I might actually not be moaning about how much I could've improved on it this time and actually be very happy with this one! Doesn't mean I'm not open to critiques or suggestions. I'm always open to those :D


~Vyrilien


Time Taken: a few hours a day for about a week? ~20 hours?
Tools used: Wacom Intuos 4, Photoshop CS2, Corel Painter Essentials 3
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:iconilliarovanna:
illiarovanna Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
LOL That is an awesome concept. 9w9 
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, thank you! :D 
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IosifChezan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Superb! I love artworks that melt inside eyes material to imagine before and after! :)
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm very humbled :)
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CarpeDraco Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I love the expression on the dragon's face!  Lovely detail work.  Awesome composition, too!  :w00t:
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Glad you like it :D
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CarpeDraco Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
You're welcome! :hug:
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Memory-Of-Lakaeos Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing - particularly the cat's fur and the dragon's mane. I'm quite partial to the lighting as well. Seriously good work.
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AisforInterval Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
JEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZ ok uhm how to list all the ways that this piece really strikes me....

The first thing that is absolutely stunning to me on this is THE PERSPECTIVE. Seriously, it feels like I could reach out and scratch at that kitty-cat's back~<333 THIS is what the magic of 2D art is. Making the canvas "pop" and come alive with two dimensions. 3D cinema my ass. (no offense intended to a anyone who likes it)

The second thing is THE LIGHTING~ Not only how it shines through the wing membrane of that wonderful beastie up there and how it practically illuminates the neck, but AGAIN, coming back to the cat, the way the light shines though the fur just makes it seem that much more tangible~<33

The third thing is THE COLORS. I love how you got the left side of the dragon with a cooler tone, the right side with a warmer tone, and the fence and the cat in a neutral scheme to blend it all together~

And the final thing that I love is just the overall concept~ It's such a fun idea to have strange animals being friends, even if one of them just happens to be BIG AND MYTHICAL AND AMAZING AND WROOOOAARRRRR (/oAo)/ I can just imagine the cat, the bird and the dragon all just hanging out together on a lovely sunny day like this, maybe playing poker later~ xD Or maybe the dragon is helping the cat chase a bird?

In the end, it's really, just a lovely piece~ Kudos!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's....one of the best comment I have had the pleasure to read in a while! ;_; Thank you so much; such a joy seeing it in my inbox :'D :heart:
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AisforInterval Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
AAAAAAAAAAAA, so happy to have made your day <33333
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xXninja4lifeXx Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
i would literally shit myself
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Draconis-de-Christus Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Very well executed anatomy, pose and expression. What's bearing the dragon's weight? The fence? Or is he/she standing on the ground and leaning on the fence?
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's...a very good question. When I painted this I imagined the dragon sort of half leaning on it with its back legs on the ground, but your question made me realize that even that would be kind of unrealistic. ...Just assume the fence is made out of solid steel or something XD I feel quite derp now, haha. But thank you for the compliments!
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EctoplasmicSlug Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Great work! lmao! I love the story behind it XD that bird has all the good cards
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Nivailis Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to say that i don't really get the subject but I still found this scene amazing because I thing cats and dragons are similar and so I love to see them together- especially so detaild and in impressive perspective! :)
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, rats, that means I'll have to try a little harder next time! XD I'm happy though you liked the picture all the same! Thank you for your comment :heart:
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LynnAnnaMeow Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesomee :) I like your work :D
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Miss-Mog Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this SOOO diserved to win it makes me giggle! x
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a wonderful thing to hear~! :'D Glad it made you giggle! :giggle:
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Miss-Mog Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D i would like to see the cats face ... i can just imagine the dragon tapping its fingers on the fence... very clever x
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Andy-B123 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
crap...how the heck can i even hope to beat this! nice job, you deffinatley deserve first!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw; thank you so very much! That's a big compliment :D
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snoek06 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha I just love this one xd
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you do, thank you! <3
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semaj007 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Awesome work Car! i love the expression on the dragon's face as well as the overall design. Cool composition too and like the humour in it :) Great Job!
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AfifHashlamoun Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
how do you make your creatures look so... real? also I was wondering if I could commission you soon and where to find your commission info etc.
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DamienMuerte Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This should deserve a DD! Gorgeous Artwork! =D
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awh! Thank you so very much :blush:
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Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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This excellent artwork is featured in my journal. [link]
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very much! :D
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Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The pleasure was all mine. :)
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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shadowmew3 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
this has got to be a one of the best drawings i have seen xD this get's a fav :I
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, I'm so happy to hear that! :'D Thank you <33
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shadowmew3 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:P np lol
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Amadoodles Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Ooohhhhh wow! I love all the different surfaces in this, the cats fur, the sparrow, the dragons scales, he wooden fence. They're all so obviously different. And the lighting you included is just amazing, from the golden glow to the atmospheric blue lighting. Really nicely done.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thank you so very much for the awesome comment :hug:
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Acayth Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man I hate cats. And I love birds! So this picture is definitly appealing to mexD Though its very sweet how you drew the cat from behind. The fur looks really realistic and that artistic way to draw the atmosphere from black to white fits very well to the scene. The light makes the dragon almost look like something which was sent to the bird by heaven. I wish you good luck for the contest!
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay for birds! >8D (I hate it when they kill the poor birds in my garden :()

And thaaank you~! <3 (You should totally join that contest btw. You can win THIS AWESOME THING. Deadline isn't until the 22nd of September!)
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Acayth Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ouh no, I could not beat your entry anywayxD I neither have the time to even try itxD But thank you still<3 Ah, do you have cats? Or do you talk about different cats?:D
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(PFFFFT, youtotallycould D:<) No I don't have cats, but they come to our garden >> (because we have a very bird-friendly garden with lots of trees and we feed them regularly) I do own two pet cockatiels and I love them <3
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Acayth Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awh, I owe 2 too!:heart: Shoot the cats! Shot´em!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yaaay! :'D Tiels are the best! Cats, stay away from our birdies! D:<
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NerielMi Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, this is awesome, Vyri. :D I'm setting it as my desktop background at work to smile every morning when I get here.:D

Since you have said that you are open to critique, I would point out just one thing that I see - the dragon neck seem to be twisted. I am not very good at explaining in English today (or I am more lazy) so I can draw for you where I see the mistake when I'll get home from work, if you'd like me to do so.

But because that is the only thing that seem wrong to me, I think that it doesn't matter at all. The picture has thought in it, it's telling a story, the lightning makes it all more dramatic and it's beautifully made. And I think that these are the things that counts. I wish there were a lot more pictures like this one.^^
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